What would life be like without a little adventure? Tri State Safaris manager, Janine, doesn't want to know.
As the 2017 draws to an end, I can't help but reflect on the challenges and achievements our Tri State Safaris family has faced and accomplished throughout the past 12 months.
The first few months of our calendar was filled with exciting changes. Our home office had been relocated to our new CBD position at the end of 2016 and our staff had quickly adapted to our new work environment. Office crew worked with our tour guides to develop a range of new tour itineraries, including our increasingly popular 3 Day Outback Exposure tour and 5 Day NSW Outback Lap. And our team welcomed two new venues to our expanding enterprise, Out of the Ordinary Outback - The Argent Motel and White Cliffs Underground Motel.
The biggest change for me personally, was a bittersweet farewell to Tri State Safaris founders Mick and Jo as they departed on their new adventures into semi-retirement in April. It was at this time, I saw myself travel from Sydney city through red-sand country to Broken Hill - Australia's renowned 'Gateway to the Outback'. After working as the Marketing Co-ordinator of Tri State for the past 12 months, it was time for me to step into the role of Manager for our iconic tour brand.
The dust had barely settled from my shoes before the magnitude of my new position swept me off my feet. A whirlwind of iconic landmarks, businesses and communities, unrivalled landscapes and fascinating stories and histories surrounded me, and the weighty responsibility of justly showcasing this remarkable land fell into my hands.
I will never forget that feeling of anxiety, matched only by heart-pounding excitement, as I stepped through our office doors for the first time.
The following months have simply flown by. We welcomed long time tour guide, Irving Blundell to the role of Maintenance Officer. Local artist Clark Barrett joined our ranks as a tour guide, bringing with him a life-time of knowledge and experience.
Our team has worked hard in developing the look and feel of our tour packages (based largely on customer feedback!) and added some extra packages to our product range. We have achieved Green Leader Status and been recommended by Trip Advisor once again. Our team has customised a variety of Charter tours through NT, NSW, SA and VIC for Probus groups, grey nomads, private groups and international visitors. Tri State Safaris crew members travelled to Sydney to represent Outback Tourism in the Australian Tourism Exchange in Sydney. We were also excited to conduct Outback famils for visiting German media personnel and local Tourism groups.
Although I will let you (our passengers and judges) determine how I well I rose to the challenges of my new position - I can say that my personal growth has been exponential.
I have been privileged to spend my limited number of 'off days' travelling over red sands, camping alongside billabongs, exploring lunette systems, salt-bush plains, jump-ups and rugged ranges. I have discovered how life Outback helps to develop a keen sense of humour and a strong character. Indeed I have enjoyed meeting many 'Outback characters'!
My many days 'in office', were spent working alongside hard-working and talented crew members fulfilling a range of duties with passion and commitment. All of whom contributed extensively to the vast collective of knowledge found at Tri State Safaris.
Many of the stories, histories and information that dedicated team has uncovered, have been bundled into our developed itineraries for our 2018 tour schedule. I cannot wait for you to try them out - you may discover a few things yourself!
Wishing you safe travels until we meet again,